Symposia and Lectures

Symposia and Lectures

Author AMY STEWART returns to Fernwood!

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Best Drinks

Saturday, October 11

Join Fernwood for an evening with Amy Stewart, The New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Best Drinks and five other books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. (Must be 21 years old.) Register by October 7.


Botanical Mixer, 6:00 pm

This is an exclusive opportunity to meet and mingle with Amy Stewart while you enjoy a botanically inspired cocktail created by master mixologist, Cody Allee. Light hors d’oeuvres, a free copy of The Drunken Botanist, and admission to the following presentation complement the experience.

Click Here to Register for botanical mixer $125 per person. (No member discount)


The Drunken Botanist Lecture, 7:30 pm

Hear the author discuss this fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology. Learn how plants represent a cultural contribution to our imbibing traditions and history. After the talk, enjoy live music while sampling spirits from three local distilleries and breweries.

Click Here to Register for lecture $50 per person. (No member discount) Save 25% when you buy four or more tickets!


Fernwood and the League of Women Voters Present
University of Michigan Dean Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda


Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda
, Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan, will be the speaker at a dinner event on Thursday evening, October 23, at Fernwood. The event is co-sponsored by Fernwood and the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties. Dr. Miranda's topic will be "Of Mice & Moms: Understanding How the Environment Affects Human Health".

Dr. Miranda is a native of Michigan but attended Duke University and Harvard, from which she received her Master's and Ph.D. degrees. At U of M she is not only dean of SNRE, but holds an appointment in the Department of Pediatrics. She has a long interest in children's health and is the founding director of the Children's Environmental Health Initiative, a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all children can prosper.

At Duke, where she was on the faculty for 20 years, she received the university’s highest award for teaching excellence. She also is known for her sense of humor. These qualities plus her intellectual firepower, promise an outstanding evening.    

Guests will be welcomed at 5:30 pm. The dean will speak at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner. Reservations may be made online or by phone at 269-695-6491. The cost for the dinner complete is $29. Please specify if you want the vegetarian option. Sorry—no Fernwood member discount.





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